Brown Steps Down from Helm of FEMA

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/4843131/4843132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Michael Brown, seen here after a Sept. 7 briefing in Louisiana,

Michael Brown, seen after a Sept. 7 briefing in Louisiana, came under fire for the FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina. Reuters hide caption

toggle caption Reuters

Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown has resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Brown had been harshly criticized for what many consider to be FEMA's sluggish, disorganized response to the Gulf Coast disaster.

The White House confirmed that another FEMA official, former fire chief David Paulison, has been tapped as acting director. Paulison currently leads the agency's office of preparedness.

President Bush received news of Brown's resignation while making his closest inspection yet of the storm-ravaged region, touring New Orleans.

Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff removed Brown from oversight of the cleanup and recovery effort, replacing him with Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from